Our youth face lower educational engagement, lower graduation rates, lower post secondary education enrollment, higher poverty, higher unemployment and lower life expectancies in the communities we serve. Tapping into their passions and potential can make the difference between becoming resilient and successful or replicating cyclical poverty. Engaging 200 teens in STEM entrepreneurship and career development activities is a rung on the ladder to short term outcomes and lifelong achievement.
This event showcases STEM and artistic projects completed by teens while engaged in STEM Academy projects where teamwork, entrepreneurship, project management, continuous learning and career development was explored. This one day event unveils art exhibits, gaming arena, app lounge, listening booth and hands on development featuring teens sharing their work and teaching. Startup Day will include a teen pitch competition for startup funding judged by local entrepreneurs and donors/investors.
Teens develop STEAM entrepreneurial skills and get an opportunity to engage in an incubator environment. Long term - students will become more engaged in school, develop a career pathway, graduate from high school then enroll in some level of post-secondary education that will lead to employment and/or business development. 200 teens will participate. Awards will be given to top three teams determined by a panel of judges comprised of business and community leaders, enterpreneurs and investors.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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